Video: Lawrence Kasdan on Star Wars, George Lucas and Writing


Meet Lawrence Kasdan – writer, director and producer. He co-wrote the screenplay for George Lucas’s “Star Wars” trilogy, He worked with JJ Abrams on the latest Star Wars film “The Force Awakens,” that releases in December 2015.

Kasdan was honored with a Maverick Spirit Award at the recent Cinequest Film Festival, which is where I got an opportunity to interview him  about his long association with George Lucas, and his writing and the influence of his professor Kenneth Thorpe Rowe, who taught at University of Michigan. Why did Kasdan want to study with Prof. Rowe?  It was because of Arthur Miller. You see Miller was a student of Prof. Rowe and Kasdan was a fan of Miller’s writings.  So, we talked about Rowe, who is the author of two seminal books, “Write That Play,” and “A Theatre In Your Head.”

Besides his writings, Kasdan has directed and produced films such as “The Big Chill,” “Grand Canyon,” “Body Heat,” and “Accidental Tourist.”